University to link with world leading cancer treatment centre

University to link with world leading cancer treatment centre

Diagnostic radiography students at the University of Cumbria are to benefit from outstanding clinical placements at a world leading cancer treatment centre.

The university has signed an agreement with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester to host placements from September 2018 giving students access to one of the world’s pioneering centres.

Treating more than 44,000 patients a year, the hospital is the largest single site cancer centre in Europe. 

“We are absolutely delighted that the radiology department at The Christie have agreed to host placements for some of students who study at the Lancaster Campus,” Charles Sloane, the professional lead for medical sciences at the University of Cumbria, said. “It was really obvious from the outset that the team in the X-ray department are highly motivated and are determined to give students the best possible clinical experience and support. This will really help us in our mission to support patients and the NHS by providing additional workforce in an area where there are chronic shortages of staff.”

The development builds on work the university has been undertaking with The Christie to address workforce shortages within the medical physics technologist workforce who work in areas such as nuclear medicine and radiotherapy.

“I am delighted that we have confirmed our placements in radiography with a name synonymous for cancer treatment across the world,” Tim Barry, head of medical and sport sciences, said. “This builds on the use of key staff from The Christie who teach on our degrees providing the most up to date and relevant experience for all our students.”

Pictured: Charles Sloan professional lead for medical sciences, Susan Todd principal radiographer The Christie and Matthew Stephenson practice education facilitator The Christie.